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November 30, 2013

State Fair Director Search Committee Will Meet December 2 to Discuss Candidate Submissions, Interview Process

41 New Yorkers and 17 Candidates from Outside New York Submitted Applications by November 30 Deadline

Search Committee Chairman Matthew J. Driscoll, president and CEO of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp., and State Department of Agriculture and Markets Acting Commissioner James B. Bays today announced that 58 candidates have applied to be the new Director of the Great New York State Fair.  Forty-one applicants from New York State and 17 from outside the state submitted applications prior to the November 30 deadline.

“The Search Committee will meet on December 2 to discuss next steps in the selection process, including which of the candidates will be selected for interviews by the Search Committee and how those interviews will take place,” said Mr. Driscoll.  “Because this is a personnel matter, the interview process will not be open to the public. After all the applications are reviewed, four to five finalists are expected to be interviewed.”

“The Great New York State Fair is a hugely important Division within the Department of Agriculture and Markets,” said Acting Commissioner Bays.  “We want the next Director to help maximize the potential of this 375 acre enterprise.”

“Our goal is to recommend a candidate who understands the importance of connectivity between New York’s vast agricultural markets and the broad spectrum of businesses that represent New York’s economy,” Mr. Driscoll said.  “All of this is symbolized not only during the two weeks of the Fair, but also in the year round expositions, conventions, entertainment and shows that make the New York State Fair one of the premier attractions in Upstate New York.”

The members of the State Fair Director Search Committee are:

           Committee Chair Matthew J. Driscoll
           Deputy Secretary for Food and Agriculture Patrick Hooker
           Acting Agriculture and Markets Commissioner James B. Bays
           Henry M. Greenberg, Chair of the State Fair Advisory Board
           New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton
           Dwayne Hill, President of the NYS Maple Producers Association
           Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation

The Great New York State Fair is held annually in Syracuse and attracted more than 851,000 people this year. The year-round venue also draws as many as a million participants annually for events including trade shows, festivals, conventions, and animal competitions.

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